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Haritaki: The King of Medicines

One of three dried fruits that make up the ancient Ayurvedic Triphala formula, Haritaki (terminalia chebula) has been a treasured plant food for thousands of years. Haritaki’s properties are known to support healthy bowel movements and gut health. Science now recognizes the gut as “the second brain” — perhaps the ancients recognized the relationship between a healthy GI tract and clarity of mind. This healthy fruit grows on large deciduous trees in India and Nepal that thrive up to 3,000 feet in elevation. 

Triphala supplement containing haritaki.

What sets ORGANIC INDIA Haritaki apart? 

ORGANIC INDIA takes every avenue to operate in a way that is Beyond Sustainable, for both the planet and the amazing partners we work with. Our Haritaki is grown, harvested and prepared in adherence to the following principles and practices: 

  • Wild-Crafted Haritaki. Haritaki is a wild-crafted product, meaning it is gathered from the forests of India rather than cultivated by farmers. ORGANIC INDIA Haritaki is harvested from forests that are designated as “organic” environments by the government of India — this ensures that wild Haritaki trees are protected from environmental pollutants and over-harvesting.
  • Small Family Farmers. Ethical partnerships are the heart and soul of our company. We contract with small, family-owned farms across India and purchase crops at premium market price. Most of our partners have been with us for more than ten years, and each is an integral part of our herbal family. As indispensable members of our team, we provide all of our farmers health insurance and ongoing training by agricultural experts who are at the cutting edge of organic and regenerative farming⁠—a no-brainer for us, but an unfortunately unheard of practice in the industry.
  • Regenerative Agriculture. We are deeply rooted in agriculture that is beyond sustainable—it’s regenerative. What this means is our farming practices not only preserve the land, they make it better. Regenerative means replenished soil, improved biodiversity, enhanced water conservation, and increased carbon sequestration. We look beyond our crop to the whole earth and our responsibility to it as a healthy conscious living company.
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Haritaki Health Benefits: Body and Mind

Researchers have identified Haritaki’s numerous health benefits, but Haritaki is best known for promoting digestive health, which is why it is one of the three fruits of the famous Ayurvedic Triphala formulation.

  • Digestion. Used as a rejuvenating agent for the digestive system with its mild laxative action for healthy elimination. 
  • Detoxifying. Cleanses toxins from the GI tract, as well as the liver and kidney.  
  • Mental Clarity. The gut and mind are inextricably connected, so while Haritaki helps clear the GI tract, it also helps clear the mind for heightened clarity, acuity and focus. 
  • Balancing. It is “tridoshic” in Ayurveda, meaning that it has the capacity to balance all three doshas — vata, pitta, and kapha.
  • Skin Health. Used topically to help soothe external wounds.

Haritaki Traditional Uses 

In Indian Traditional Systems, Haritaki has long been referred to as “The King of Medicines.”  It was also referred to as “The Supreme Nectar that Illuminates the Mind” by 7th century Buddhists, with the Medicine Buddha frequently portrayed holding haritaki fruits in both hands. A highly versatile and prized plant, it was used in both Ayurvedic and Siddha remedies primarily to address digestive and inflammatory complications.

Where is Haritaki grown?

Where is Haritaki grown?

ORGANIC INDIA Haritaki is sustainably harvested from haritaki trees within the forest regions designated as organic in cooperation with the Government of India. Haritaki comes in several different forms, the most common being a powdered substance encased in a capsule. Haritaki powder on its own can have a bitter taste, which is why most prefer to take it in capsule form.

Stomach with hands shaped like heart over bibhitaki digestive relief.

Who is it for? 

Haritaki is a great digestive aid, especially when combined with Bibhitaki and Amla in the classic Triphala supplement. Can be taken as a supplement, in teas, or mixed with honey. Check with your doctor before taking if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking other medications or have underlying health conditions.

Organic Haritaki for Healthy Conscious Living

ORGANIC INDIA’s Haritaki is wildcrafted, gathered from the forests of India according to ancient Ayurvedic practices to ensure the highest possible efficacy, or “prana.” All ORGANIC INDIA herbs are processed and tested in compliance with FDA and World Health Organization safety protocols.

At ORGANIC INDIA, we recognize the vast interconnectedness of life. From seed, to soil, to field, to factory, our products empower the farmers of India, promote environmental and economic recovery, and provide wellness solutions derived from nature’s intelligence.

Triphala Digestion Herbal Supplement